2010 Maserati GranTurismo Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor
March 10, 2010

With its gorgeous styling and Ferrari-built engine, the 2010 Maserati GranTurismo is hard to fault.

TheCarConnection.com has driven the GranTurismo to bring you firsthand impressions and an overall assessment here in this Bottom Line. Then to bring you a wide range of opinions, TheCarConnection.com has handpicked highlights from many consumer and enthusiast publications that have also reviewed or tested the 2010 Maserati GranTurismo in person.

Two years ago, the Maserati GranTurismo replaced the GranSport model. The lineup was then expanded last year with the introduction of the more powerful GranTurismo S, as well as a new ZF six-speed automatic in replacement of Maserati’s previous robotized semi-manual transmission. This year sees the introduction of the GranTurismo Convertible, also called GranCabrio, which is easily the pick of the bunch if money is no option.

The 2010 Maserati GranTurismo has a very attractive silhouette, keeping up with the sleek voluptuous design that one would expect of an Italian exotic. You need to see the GranTurismo up close to really appreciate its beauty, which is dominated by the curves, the low front end, the flared rear fenders, and the oversized front grille.

The standard 2010 Maserati GranTurismo comes equipped with a 405-horsepower 4.2-liter V-8, while the sportier GranTurismo S gets a 4.7-liter engine with 433 horsepower on tap. Both engines are a variation of an original Ferrari design and, as expected, sound wonderful when revved hard. The GranTurismo Convertible also gets the more powerful 4.7-liter V-8. Standard across the GranTurismo range is a six-speed ZF automatic transmission. After being introduced last year, it has proven to be an excellent replacement for the old Duo-Select automated manual gearbox. The ZF automatic shifts quickly and decisively, and it seems to react more promptly to throttle inputs and steep grades than most automatics. Click the paddles alongside the steering wheel, and it almost instantaneously commands a shift. The 0-60 mph run now takes just 5.1 seconds in the GranTurismo, while the GranTurismo S gets there in 4.5 seconds. Top speeds are 177 mph and 183 mph, respectively. The GranTurismo convertible, despite having the more powerful engine, is the slowest of the pack with a 0-60 mph sprint time of 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 176 mph. The slight performance differential is due to the extra weight of chassis strengthening required when removing a car’s roof.

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The 2010 Maserati GranTurismo manages to handle in a very nimble fashion in tight corners, aided by the quick ratio steering. This allows even the most amateur of drivers to attack hairpins with ease despite the fact that the car is considerably heavier than its rivals. The famous Skyhook-derived suspension provides a firm ride coupled with little body motion, and changing the driving mode to Sport as expected firms up the ride further, as well as increasing throttle sensitivity. Stopping power from the brakes is excellent, with the resistance on the pedal reminiscent of other exotics and classics.

In comparison with other coupes of this size and class, the interior of the GranTurismo offers slightly narrower seats and footwells. The car’s cabin feels intimate, due to quality materials and soft, minimally processed leather quite unlike the stiff slippery type on mass-produced luxury coupes. The seats, while great looking, are also rather flat and can get slightly uncomfortable on long journeys. The two rear seats are more for show than any practical use, as it is too small for adults to get in and out of, let alone sit in it. The headroom is also rather limited due to the design of the pillars, which slope inward to the roof. However, compared to previous Maseratis, the driving position is still much more accommodating for taller and larger people. The trunk is also a bit tight, with only enough space to carry a small suitcase or a couple of little duffel bags. Fans of top-down cruising will also be glad to know the GranTurismo Convertible's trunk space is the same with the top up or down, meaning you won't have to abandon your overnight luggage by the side of the road should thunderclouds loom on the horizon. The whole affair is surprisingly refined, though; it's interesting to note that the 2010 GranTurismo proves to be remarkably civilized when driven with ease.

Unfortunately the 2010 Maserati GranTurismo has not been crash-tested, though the safety-feature list is competitive; seat-mounted side airbags and head-protecting curtain bags are included, along with anti-lock brakes and stability control all as standard.

All GranTurismos are built to order and are highly customizable. For example, customers can pick from eight different upholstery colors (including the very bright-red Rosso Corallo), three different wood veneers, ten different dash surfaces, and a tremendous number of combinations for steering-wheel trim, carpets, and seat stitching.

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